YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights brought home the 1B eighth place trophy from the State volleyball tournament this past weekend, repeating their performance from last year.
The Lady Knights got a slow start Friday afternoon in the Yakima Valley SunDome, dropping the tourney opener against St. John-Endicott in three sets, 25-13, 25-11, 25-22. Their opponent eventually went on to earn third-place honors in the tournament.
"During our first match against St. John-Endicott we just weren't playing Knight volleyball," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Stephanie Dalrymple.
After the disappointing loss, the team rallied for its loser-out match against Rainier Christian Friday evening. The Lady Knights lost the first set, 25-21, but came back to take the final three in usual Sunnyside Christian fashion, 25-17, 25-21, 25-7.
In another loser-out match, the Lady Knights took on Moses Lake Christian Saturday morning. The Lions gave Sunnyside Christian a battle, with the first two games going to the Lady Knights, 25-23 and 25-20.
The Lions fought back to win the third game 25-15 to force a fourth. Sunnyside Christian took the final game 25-21 to make it to the trophy round.
"The girls really stepped it up and starting playing good volleyball in matches two and three against Rainier Christian and Moses Lake Christian," said Dalrymple. "I'm very proud of how the girls played during the whole tournament."
The final match against Pateros was a chance for the Lady Knights to improve on their finish from last year, when they also lost their first match and came back for two wins but lost the final match.
Unfortunately, history repeated itself and the Lady Knights fell to Pateros in three games, 25-17, 25-23, 25-21.
"In our trophy match against Pateros we fought hard and left everything on the court but we just couldn't get the momentum during the match because of too many missed serves," said Dalrymple.
The Lady Knights racked up some solid stats in the quest for a trophy. Alexandra Newhouse went 64-for-67 from the service line with 32 perfect passes and 26 digs over the course of the tournament.
Annie Brouwer slammed the ball over the net for 21 kills and gave her team a 35-for-37 serving performance. She also had 15 perfect passes to her teammates and kept the ball alive with 30 digs.
Brittany Broersma put the ball away with 15 kills and 11 blocks. She dug up the ball 21 times and passed perfectly 17 times.
Danika DeGroot held her own at the service line, going 50-for-54 in the tournament. She also provided 48 assists and managed 20 digs.
Kate Newhouse went 50-for-53 serving with 37 perfect passes. She was the defensive catalyst of the tournament for Sunnyside Christian with 50 digs over the two days of play but got her share of kills with 12.
Stormee Van Belle showed control, going 50-for-52 serving with eight blocks and 38 kills. She also dug up the ball 31 times for the Lady Knights.
"This team has a lot of to be proud of. We have accomplished a lot this season! We have added three volleyball trophies to the trophy case in our gym lobby!
Sunnyside Christian, which was undefeated entering State tourney play, finished the season with an overall record of 21-2.